TEHRAN, Jun. 29 (MNA) – An Iranian MP revealed that Barack Obama has sent a secret message to Iranian authorities just a few days ahead of recent nuclear negotiations in Vienna.
Iranian daily Hamshahri reported on its Monday issue that US President Barack Obama has sent another secret message to Iranian authorities through leaders of one of Iran’s neighboring countries.
The newspaper has quoted Tehran’s representative and Parliament Board member Mehrdad Bazrpash as saying that the message has been delivered in recent days by the leader of Iran’s neighbor and highlighted that the letter has been on nuclear issue.
While Bazrpash has refused to share more details of the letter, Hamshahri speculated that the message has been delivered by Iraqi PM Heidar al-Ebadi who was in Iran on June 17 for a one-day visit and attended G7 summit in Germany where he met with US President Obama.
The news of a new message comes just days after Iran’s Leader Ayatollah Khamenei addressing a gathering of government officials on June 23 shed more light on history of negotiations with Americans; “They made a request and chose an intermediary. One of the honorable personalities in the region came to Iran and met with me. He said that the American president had called him, asking him to help. The American president said to him that they want to resolve the nuclear matter with Iran and that they would lift sanctions. Two fundamental points existed in his statements: one was that he said they would recognize Iran as a nuclear power. Second, he said that they would lift sanctions in the course of six months. Through that intermediary, he asked us to negotiate with them and to resolve the matter. I said to that honorable intermediary that we do not trust the Americans and their statements. He said, ‘try it once more’ and we said, ‘very well, we will try it this time as well.’ This was how negotiations with the Americans began.”
Iran and the five permanent members of UN Security Council plus Germany, mainly the United States, have been negotiating for nearly two years to reach a mutual understanding on Iran’s nuclear program. The negotiations are currently underway in probably its final round with a self-designated June 30 deadline just looming.